Despite the bitter cold this week, we stayed busy at the Capitol. Below is an update on what has been happening in St. Paul.
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This week, I introduced my first bill, which would require insurance companies to cover more advanced types of breast cancer screening procedures. The legislation has bipartisan support and awaits a public hearing in the House Commerce Committee. All Minnesotans deserve access to the care they need and I’m committed to making this a reality in clinics across the state.
Updates on the Opioid Crisis
As the opioid crisis continues to cause tragedies throughout the communities in our state, I am committed to working with legislators to find a solution. Too many Minnesotans’ lives have been touched by the harmful effects of this epidemic, and many are struggling with the high costs of health care as a result.
One of the prevention and relief efforts is a bill that seeks to allocate money to establish an opioid overdose reduction pilot program by Representative Mike Freiberg. If this bill were to pass, it could save the lives of hundreds each year. In 2016, almost 400 people diedas a result of opioid overdose, and since then the number has increased at alarming rates. Finding a solution to this crisis is urgent, and I hope my colleagues will support this bill.
Another bill authored by my colleague Representative Liz Olson will establish an Opioid Stewardship Advisory Council to deliver grants focusing on education, intervention, treatment, training, and prevention strategies.
Frank Ernst visited the Capitol this week with the group ABATE (American Bikers for Awareness and Education) to talk about the group’s goals and priorities for the session. I appreciated him braving the weather to come advocate for the National Coalition of Motorcyclists!
Lots of ‘hot ticket’ items have been gaining traction in Minnesota. What do you think should be a priority for the legislature to enact this session?
I’d love to get your feedback on these issues and any others of interest. Keep in touch and never hesitate to let me know if I can provide any assistance. I can be reached at 651-296-4315 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Enjoy the warm up this weekend!